After working hard to expand its coverage of middle market private equity sponsors, KeyBanc Capital Markets has done just that, becoming a formidable competitor in the industry and Mergers & Acquisitions’ 2015 Investment Bank of the Year. Ten years ago, less than 5 percent of KeyBanc’s business was tied to sponsor engagements. By 2013, the number had grown to only 8 percent.

In 2015, following the bank’s concerted effort to create a more balanced clientele base, private equity sponsors represented 41 percent of the bank’s business, corporate buyers made up 39 percent and privately held companies represented 20 percent.

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